Unter den Linden

Unter den Linden, a walk under the linden trees

  • Everybody who visits Berlin steps foot on Unter den Linden, its most traditional and important boulevard. The most characteristic thing about this beautiful and monumental boulevard are its linden or lime trees, since you will find two lines of them bordering the two carriageways that form this boulevard.
    And why is Unter den Linden so important? Well, it used to run from the east to the west of the city, from the Lutsgarten park, site of the Stadtschloss Royal Palace and once of the Palast der Republik, before it was demolished, to one of the city’s main attractions, the Brandenburg Gate, located in Pariser Platz. Unter den Linden was already built when the city of Berlin started growing in the 18th century, and quickly became the most important street of Berlin. It still has that honour today, as the heart of the monumental Mitte.
  • The boulevard of Unter den Linden is located in the borough of district of Mitte, which is the most famous and central in Berlin. Unter den Linden is located at its very heart. It has been the most important street of Berlin for centuries, which is why you will be surrounded by very important official buildings (such as embassies) and monuments. The locals usually prefer to leave somewhere else, since this is also the most tourist part of the city, but you will still find some neighbours around that aren’t visitors like yourself, mainly businessmen and businesswomen as well as well-stablished families.
  • Unter den Linden is right in the city centre – in fact, it is one of the most important streets, since it connects the Brandenburg Gate to the Museum Island. This makes it the main street in the central monumental area of Berlin, as well as a point of reference for tourists. You will find there plenty of souvenir shops where to buy a little something for your loved ones. Besides, remember that you will also be able to see wonderful and unique items in the gift shops of the five museums located across the river Spree! But if you’re interested in doing some regular shopping, you just have to go south in one of the main streets that cross Unter den Linden, more or less at a mid point between the Brandenburg Gate and the Museum Island. We’re of course referring to Friedrichstrasse, one of the main shopping areas of the city: There, you will be able to shop for clothes, shoes, accessories, beauty and home items, jewellery, entertainment products and many other things.
  • Berlin has a very extensive transportation network which is surely needed, since the city is so big that it is not possible to traverse it by foot. However, Unter den Linden is in a privileged location, since not only it is in the city centre but it is the main promenade that communicates the main attractions located there. This means that if you stay in the apartments near Unter den Linden you will be able to spend days and days in Berlin without stepping foot in the U-Bahn or the S-Bahn!
    Still, Berlin has other amazing areas and it would be a pity for you to stay just in Mitte. So when you do need to travel a bit further away, it’s good to know where you can find the most convenient metro and train station. Next to the Brandenburg gate you will find both the train (S-Bahn) and the metro (U-Bahn), but the latter isn’t of much use, since that station works with line U55, which only has two stops. It’s better for you to go to the station U Französische Strasse, where you can get line U6, or to Berlin Friedrichstrasse Station, where you will also be able to take several different trains.
  • You may be thinking that there must be not much to see in Unter den Linden – a nice promenade in monumental Berlin, enjoying the shadow under the linden trees, and that’s it. Well, that’s not it! There are so many points of interest located in Unter den Linden that the boulevard could be your main road during your whole trip, or at least much of it! We recommend you to do one of the free tours that start in the Brandenburg Gate: a tour guide will take you during 2,5 or 3 hours around central Berlin and will explain much of the interesting history of the city (remember that the tours are free but you need to leave a generous tip to the guide, since that is how they make a living). However, just so you know how much there is to see around Unter den Linden, we’re going to take you on a small tour ourselves, from the Brandenburg Gate to the Museum Island. In this short walk, you will see the British and the Hungarian Embassy, Humboldt University, the statue of Frederick the Great, Bebelplatz, the Berlin State Opera, the Neue Wache and the Crown Prince’s Palace. And all that before arriving to the Museum Island, where you will be able to visit the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum, the Bode Museum, the Pergamon Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie, as well as the Berlin Cathedral. So, as you can see, Unter den Linden can actually be quite a lot!
  • Hungry much? Don’t worry, because there are plenty of wonderful restaurants near Unter den Linden – and right on the boulevard as well! We recommend the Café Einstein for lunch, where you will enjoy some great traditional German dishes, and the restaurant Dressler for dinner, for some more delicate but equally delicious options. If you want to try something international, you can try some Italian and Japanese cuisine at Casa Italia and the Ishin Japanese Deli.
    Unter den Linden is also a wonderful place to try one of Berlin’s most famous delicatessen. We have Turkish immigrants to thank for Berlin’s delicious kebabs, so good and typical that they are the main “food group” for young tourists who visit the German capital! You can try a great one right at the Doner Kebap Linden Grill, located at the beginning of Unter den Linden, before the entrance to the Tiergarten. You can even buy it and go enjoy it at the big green esplanade next to the Reichstag!
  • Ready to dance? If you like clubbing, you’ve definitely come to the right city. Berlin’s nightlife is famous for its techno and house clubs, and is home to some of the best clubs of Europe. Near Unter den Linden, you will find Asphalt, which offers different kinds of music depending on the night, from minimal techno to disco music. You can also go to Picknick, one of Berlin’s underground gems: an eclectic agenda in a labyrinth-like building. If you just want to have a drink, you can go to Trust, a great pub-bar located past the Museum Island.
    And what about having some dinner before drinks? For that, we recommend the German restaurant-pub Treffpunkt Berlin, where you will have a satisfying meal in a friendly atmosphere. You can even stay for drinks after!


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